Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(January 31, 1815 - June 22, 1899)
Politically active, Palm held a number of public offices, including Travis County Justice of the Peace, Alderman, and Postmaster. As Vice Consul to Texas for Sweden and Norway, he was instrumental in bringing thousands of Swedish immigrants to the state. In 1868 he was one of the organizers of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church (now Gethsemane Lutheran Church) in Austin.
Swedish King Oscar II knighted Palm in 1884 for his service to Sweden and Texas’ Swedish immigrants. A devoted book collector, Palm amassed a large library which he donated to the University of Texas in 1897, increasing its holdings by over sixty percent. An Austin school was later named in his honor.
Erected 1990 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15675.)
Location. Touch for map. In Oakwood Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1601 Navasota St, Austin TX 78702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Jackson Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker); John Crittenden Duval (within shouting distance of this marker); Abner Hugh Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); Susanna W. Dickinson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major William Martin “Buck” Walton (about 400 feet away); Johann Jacob Groos (about 400 feet away); Oakwood Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Joseph Baker (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . . Handbook of Texas Online. Swante Palm (Submitted on January 4, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
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